This omnibus package of shorts by leading East Asian directors offers four takes on the theme of “beautiful.” Kim depicts a closeted young man who hires a girl to play his fiancée for the benefit of his dying father. Tsai’s episode follows a barefoot man moving through Hong Kong at a haunted pace. Gu centers on a candid family conversation about pregnancies, wanted and unwanted. Hui empathizes with a middle-aged office worker who has finally decided to act on his conviction that he’s actually a woman.
In Korean, Cantonese and Mandarin languages with English subtitles. (HD Cam Presentation)
Inspired by the Themester theme of “Connectedness: Networks in a Complex World,” this semester’s East Asian Film Series offers three film co-productions between filmmakers and film industries in East Asia and the larger Asia Pacific. Representing an increasingly ubiquitous mode of production in the region, the co-productions of this series offer glimpses into contemporary concerns with encounter, exchange, survival, and everyday life that resonate among South Korea and Indonesia; Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Mainland China; as well as Japan and the world.
Sponsored by Themester, East Asian Studies Center and IU Cinema. Special thanks to Professor Stephanie DeBoer.
Admission will be free, but tickets will be required. Tickets may be obtained through the IU Auditorium box office, Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or in the IU Cinema lobby 30 minutes prior to the screening.